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Twitch sued for over $2.8 billion by major Russian media company

Published: 16/Dec/2019 5:54

by Brad Norton

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A lawsuit against Twitch has been issued by Rambler Group, a Russian media company seeking over $2.8 billion in damages following a violation of exclusive distribution rights. 

Twitch is primarily known for housing some of the biggest content creators and internet personalities around the world. However, the streaming platform has expanded its coverage of late to include all manner of physical sporting broadcasts such as NFL’s Thursday Night Football for instance.

A recent incident involving a violation of exclusive English Premier League distribution rights in Russia, has resulted in a roughly $2.84 billion lawsuit. 

The Moscow TimesRambled Media Group was established in 2013.

Rambler Group purchased exclusive digital distribution rights of the English Premier League in 2019 with a duration of three seasons. The deal allegedly cost €7 million and means that any Russian fan wishing to view the games will need to go through a Rambler-owned streaming platform.

The controversy stems from select Twitch streamers broadcasting English Premier League games in Russia, directly violating the exclusive rights of Rambler Group.

According to screenshots provided by Rambler, 36,000 viewers tuned into various games on a number of streams, which ultimately led to a claim of copyright infringement.

Initially, Rambler demanded Twitch be banned from Russia entirely. However, a secondary demand was made which accumulated the maximum possible fine for each of the 36,000 viewers, equating to 180.345 billion rubles, or $2.84 billion USD.

Business Insider / Nick BastoneThe next court hearing for the Amazon-owned streaming platform is set for December 20.

While Twitch never received an official complaint from Rambler prior to legal action, the streaming platform eventually removed a number of channels that were in direct violation. Streamers that had been caught distributing the content on their own channels were struck down and permanently banned from the platform.

However, the Russian media group seeks compensation for the damages already dealt and appears set on establishing new boundaries in the region, fighting the streaming giant every step of the way.

Given that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is not in effect throughout Russia, each case of supposed copyright infringement is treated uniquely and deliberated upon at length depending on its individual value. 

Courts of General Jurisdiction of the City of Moscow.An overview of case information from the Courts of General Jurisdiction of the City of Moscow.

Despite having been delayed for unknown reasons a total of four times already, a fifth hearing is in place for the conflicting parties to find common ground and reach a resolution.

There’s no telling whether the dispute will be settled swiftly, nor whether the billions will be paid out, but with a new court hearing set for December 20, conversations will be ongoing until an amicable solution is reached.

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100 Thieves’ Tommey reveals footage of man stealing his new gaming chair

Published: 5/Dec/2020 12:44

by Joe Craven

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Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren, ex-Call of Duty pro turned full time Warzone competitor for 100 Thieves, has had his brand new gaming chair stolen, after it was left outside the Airbnb at which he was staying. 

Tommey, who recently joined 100 Thieves as a member of their Warzone team, had a new gaming chair on the way from Mavix. The new brand of gaming chairs from X-Chairs have partnered with a number of streamers, including 100 Thieves content creator Valkyrae.

It seems Tommey was also getting a new Mavix chair just in time for Christmas, but an unknown thief stole the delivery after it was left outside, unsupervised.

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Tommey competing at CoD Champs.

On December 5, he shared CCTV footage of his chair being lifted from outside his accommodation. A pick-up truck can be seen pulling up, before a man gets out and walks up the drive way. He then casually picks up the box in which the chair is in and places it in his truck, before driving away.

“Well, there goes my new chair,” Tommey said. “I got sent the footage in the hope we’d be able to report it and find the man, but he’s well covered up. Merry Christmas, random man. I hope the chair brings you lots of joy.”

He went on to explain that the chair was left outside the Airbnb at which he was staying, and that the delivery company did not even attempt to hide it or place it in a more discreet location.

Unfortunately, the thief did a pretty good job of covering his tracks. Tommey also suspected that he was not the only victim. “His tailgate is removed and he has a chain in place,” he said. “If you look, he also has another box in the back of the truck. Which means he’s purposely driving around and taking multiple packages.”

Despite his best efforts, it doesn’t seem like Tommey is holding out too much hope of finding the culprit. Thankfully, he confirmed that a replacement has been sent out, free of charge.

Tommey is perhaps best known for hist time with Splyce and Fnatic, achieving a number of impressive placements across the Infinite Warfare and WWII seasons.

However, despite being a substitute for the Dallas Empire in the CDL’s opening season, he has since become part of Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves, as a full-time Warzone streamer and competitor.